Memorandum of Understanding Between the Healthy Environments Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Health Canada


The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to outline principles for cooperation, to agree to establish mechanisms that facilitate the exchange of information and advice, and to promote strong working relationships for the management of issues related to pesticides and drinking water between the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HECSB) and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).


HECSB' s mandate is to help Canadians maintain and improve their health by promoting healthy and safe living, working and recreational environments and by reducing the harm caused by tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, environmental contaminants, and unsafe consumer and industrial products. Within this broad mandate, responsibility regarding drinking water quality is situated within the Water Quality and Health Bureau (WQHB). The Bureau is the federal lead on the development of the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Drinking water related activities include :

The Mandate of PMRA consists of a primary objective "to prevent unacceptable risks to people and the environment from the use of pest control products", furthered by the following ancillary objectives:


The WQHB and the PMRA, in carrying out their respective mandates, will cooperate and support each other in meeting their responsibilities, while avoiding duplication of effort, in relation to environmental and health protection and in other areas of mutual interest.

The WQHB and the PMRA will explore options related to methodology, approaches and interpretation of information leading to harmonized or compatible recommendations, without compromising objectives and obligations of either program.

The WQHB and the PMRA will foster strong working relations that support and promote scientifically sound decisions by establishing and maintaining an effective process to share information and exchange knowledge, taking into account agreements with other agencies and constraints imposed by statutory and common law on the sharing of confidential information.

The WQHB and the PMRA will advise each other on policies, programs and regulations that may affect the activities of the other.


PMRA agrees to provide WQHB with:

WQHB agrees to:

PMRA and WQHB jointly will:


Accountability for the success of this MOU rests with the Director of the Alternative Strategies and Regulatory Affairs Division of PMRA and the Director of the WQHB.

Terms of Memorandum of Understanding

This MOU will come into effect on the date of the last signature and can be amended at any time by the agreement of both parties.

Participation in this MOU can be terminated by mutual consent or by one party providing three months written notice to the other party.


Susan Fletcher
Assistant Deputy Minister
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
Date signed: 02-05-05

Karen Dodds
Executive Director
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada
Date signed: 03-05-05

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